Nicole Georges Reads From FETCH: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, Thurs 9/28 with guests Jessica Campbell & Gina Wynbrandt

Sep
28
7:00 pm

From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet.

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana. 

Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel FETCH: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Comics art superstars Jessica Campbell (Hot or Not, Koyama Press) & Gina Wynbrandt (Someone Please Have Sex With Me, 2dcloud) will provide added voices for this event!

“Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability. More than a tribute to a canine best friend, Fetch maps Georges’s journey from teen to adult with heartbreaking honesty and tender joy. I am in awe of Georges’s uncanny ability to transport me right into her world of moldy crusty punk houses and glorious vegan lesbian barbecues. Funny, gorgeous, and true.”  Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent

“From feral child to leader of the pack, Nicole Georges comes to know a thing or two about dogs, and incidentally, about herself. Her luminous, lyrical drawings of animals are charged with strange insight, and add a potent nonverbal element to the narrative of Georges’ youth. Fetch combines the best qualities of diary comics—particularity and granular detail—with the zoomed out view of someone who has completed an arduous, mythic, and expansive journey.”

Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

“Nicole’s work always punches me in the guts with her unending longing for a home. Through constant disappointments and the challenges of owning a rescue dog and a rescue heart, she unflinchingly refuses to quit. A magical world so full of tenderness it might just break you, it’s a place I love to visit and rarely want to leave. I want Nicole to draw the whole world, but her hands would fall off.” 

Sarah Shapiro, co-creator of Unreal

“This book is an homage to classic zine aesthetics that captures an incomparable friendship. An honest, moving portrayal of the essential bond between humans and animals.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Touchingly, beautifully conveyed. Part grief memoir, part coming-of-age story, part feminist manifesto, this well-written, splendidly illustrated title…will stir the hearts of misunderstood riot grrrls, owners of unruly canines, and LGBTQ readers.” –Library Journal, starred review

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award–winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA. Follow Nicole: nicolejgeorges.tumblr.com Twitter: @nicolejgeorges Instagram: @nicolejgeorges

For more info: Publicity Contact: Liz Deadrick, 212-598- 5730,  liz.deadrick@hmhco.com

Thursday, September 28, 2017  7pm – Free Event at Quimby’s!

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete Video Installation Unveiled In Our Window!

 

Welcome to our new window installation by Chicago-based artist Vincent Hung. He’s been exhibiting this video installation The Rose That Grew From Concrete in various venues around the city including Meyvn, Jugrnaut, Maybe Sunday and more. Quimby’s is its Wicker Park venue. Come visit it and watch the TVs change!

Vincent Hung (b. 1993) received his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. vincenthung.com

New Stuff This Week

Garfield Solves a Rubiks Cube While Bob, Jon and Homer Have an Orgy by Wizardskull $10.00 – Make your Monday better with this hilarious lasagna platter full of different artists realizing Wizardskull’s dirty, dirty vision!

*ZINES*

Brainscan #33 DIY Witchery by Alex Wrekk $5.00

Burrs and the Beans #2 A Cherry Plucked Coffee Shop Erotica by BJ Hillis $5.00

zines by Sage Liskey (Rad Cat Press):
The Motivation to Write $5.00 – With an abridged history of advancements in writing.
The Happiest Choice: Condensed Edition $7.00 – Activities to do, foods to eat, thoughts to think, nutrients to fortify.
Do You See Any Fucks Growing In My Garden? A Poem $2.50

Bohzine #1 $20.00 – The LGBTQA creative arts quarterly zine.

Australian Ugliness by Woytek Mocko $6.00 – Photos!

Free Ass Mag #4 $15.00 – As in “Free Association,” pervos. This issue: Home.

Feel Good by Nicole Jakus $2.00

119 Replies by Mike Bremmer $3.00

Death Fight by John Maggie $6.00

Sara McHenry zines, $3.00 each (These are hilarious. Don’t miss ’em!)
Listless #1 & #2
Hard to Love #1 & #2

Tom McHenry comics, $5.00 each:
Luxury #1 by
Unchecked Economics #2 by Tom McHenry $5.00

Tiny Splendor zines/comics:
Kewpiedex Anthology Drawing Zine $8.00 – Kewpie illustrations by 30 artists including Cynthia Navarro, Never Brush My Teeth, Niña Piña Por Vida, Adrian Rotzscher & more!
B.I. BUKE by Michael Olivo $12.00
Old Grudge by Sanaa Khan $8.00
I Don’t Need Eyes Lindsay Anne Watson $12.00
Punks and Portraits San Francisco 1979 by John Roberts $15.00
Hunk by Lindsay Anne Watson $10.00

*COMICS & MINIS*

New Comics #10 by Patrick Kyle $5.00

BGOK #1 Foodge is the Fututre by City of Giants $6.00

Casino Knights by Enrique Guerra $5.00

Dale by Kyle Howard Couture $2.00

Comics from Johnny Sampson (Slow Leak Press):
Slow Leak $20.00
Truly MADly $10.00

Mini-Comics from Gabriel Martinez, $5.00 each:
Soledad
Maybe Tomorrow
Bottomed Out Brake Line Smashed Flat

*GRAPHIC NOVELS*

My Pretty Vampire by Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics) $19.99

The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat by R. Crumb (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Comics that made Crumb famous ? against his will. First time in hardcover!

The End of The Fucking World by Charles Forsman (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Fancy hardback version. Y’know, so you can say you’re cool and that you read TEOTFW before the Netflix series came out!

Ladies In Waiting by Santiago Garcia and Javier Olivares (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Fantasy Sports 3: The King in Green by Sam Bosma $19.95 – Wiz and Mug are back for another magical adventure as they continue their quests for the mighty Order of Mages!

Close Enough for the Angels by Paul Madonna (Petty Curse Books) $34.99 – Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder—twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it’s twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. Paired with over a hundred lush and haunting drawings from Thailand to Japan.

Unreal City by D.J. Bryant (Fantagraphics) $16.99

MOONSHOT vol 2: The Indigenous Comics Collection ed. by Hope Nicholson (Alternate History Comics) $17.99 – More original comic book stories, written by Indigenous authors from across North America.

Behaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire Magazines, ed. by Craig Yoe and Ger Apeldoorn (Yoe Books) $34.99 – 200 pages of never reprinted material from MAD Mag from Al Jaffee, Joe Kubert, Basil Wolverton, Steve Ditko & more!

*ART & DESIGN BOOKS*

Art Forms in Nature Coloring Book by Ernst Haeckel $16.95 Also new!: Ernst Haeckel: Art Forms in Nature Sticker Book! $7.95 – Get yr flora n fauna on!

Edward Gorey Coloring Book $14.95

Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds Boxed Notecard Assortment $15.95 – Also in stock! Tony Fitzpatrick box of Thank You cards $8.95

Figure Artists Book of Anatomical Landscapes $24.00

*POLITICS & REVOLUTION BOOKS*

Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change by Noam Chomsky, interviewed by C.J. Polychroniou (Haymarket/TruthOut) $16.95

Sinister Wisdom A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal by Julie R. Enszer $12.00

Mental Health Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens by Art Levine $30.00

Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance, edited by Ajamu Nangwaya and Michael Truscello (AK Press) $18.95

The Fidel Castro Reader, edited by David Deutschmann $21.95

*ESSAYS*

After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography by Chris Kraus (Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) $24.95 – The first fully authorized biography about the late iconic experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. Uses exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with colleagues and friends.

Little Boxes: 12 Writers on Television by Caroline Casey (Coffee House Press) $16.95 – What happens when television is part of your cultural DNA? Twelve writers talk about their influences, and they’re more Magnum PI that Marcel Proust.

Against Everything: Essays by Mark Grief $17.00 – Now in soft cover.

*MUSIC & MOVIE BOOKS*

Devotion by Patti Smith (Yale U Press) $18.00 – Part of Why I Write series. An inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention.

My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory by Roger Miret with Jon Wiederhorn (Lesser Gods) $26.00

The Mudd Club by Richard Bock (Feral House) $24.95 – Artist, writer and lifelong New Yorker Richard Boch was the Mudd Club’s longtime alpha doorman, the club that served as an incubator for talent. Everyone made an appearance, from Basquiat & Johnny Rotten to The Hell’s Angels, passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger? just a few of the names that stepped on stage.

I Am the Wolf: Lyrics and Writings by Mark Lanegan $27.00 – A collection of lyrics and autobiographical commentary by former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age vocalist Mark Lanegan, with a preface by John Cale.

Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell $27.99 – Evil Dead-famed actor’s follow up to If Chin’s Could Kill.

Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America by Janet Borgerson & Jonathan Schroeder (MIT Press) $34.95 – A discussion of nearly 150 vintage album covers such as Cocktail Time, The Perfect Background Music for Your Home Movies and Strings for a Space Age.

It’s Alive!: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Movie Posters by Daniel Finamore and Joseph E. LeDoux $30.00

*OUTER LIMITS*

The Voynich Manuscript: The Complete Edition of the World’s Most Mysterious and Esoteric Codex by Dr. Stephen Skinner (Watkins Publishing) $25.95 – An extensively illustrated codex featuring cosmological and astrological diagrams interwoven with detailed herbal illustration, relating both to the magical and alchemic view of the universe, written in a strangely beautiful cryptographic script.

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood $16.00

*FICTION*

Dig by Emma Wong $8.00

*HUMOR*

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump by Shannon Wheeler (Top Shelf) $14.99

Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs $12.99 – 100+ hilarious variations of vexing relationships between fathers and sons: a famous medium becomes possessed by the spirit of his skeptical father. A pianist amputates his fingers one by one to thwart his father, who will not stop composing concertos for him. A nobleman wills his ill-conceived flying contraption–incapable of actual flight–to his newborn son. A witty look at a most serious subject.

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird) by Michael Ian Black $16.00

Through a Glass Lightly: Confession of a Reluctant Water Drinker by various $9.95 – A drinker’s crown of sorrow is remembering wetter days! Part of London Library’s ‘Found on the Shelves’ series that reprints weirdly (ir)relevant tracts of quaint days past.

*MAGAZINES*

Fortean Times #356 Aug 17 Featuring the Cottingley Faries $12.50

Frankie #78 $14.95

Wire #402 Aug 17 Circle $10.99

AdBusters #133 vol 25 #5 Sep Oct 17 $14.95

Cabinet #63 The Desert $12.00

*LIT JOURNALS, CHAP BOOKS & POETRY*

The Point #14 Sum 17 Darkness Enlightened $14.99

Escape From the Hood IV by Lita $3.00

Having Given Up Poems by Emily Hutchings $5.00

Flowers of Anti Martyrdom by Dorian Geisler (McSweeneys) $22.00

Chatter Box, various issues by Pulp Labs $5.00 each

Bushwick Review #7 $10.00

*CALENDARS*

Rally 2018 Nikki Mcclure Calendar $18.00

Moleskine 2018 planners! Different variations, sizes, colors and prices!

*STICKERS*

Skull Romance Sticker by Corinne Halbert $3.00

Quimby’s Opens Wicker Park Lit Fest: 3 Songs with Jonas, Marc Lazar, Kathy Moseley & The Blue Ribbon Glee Club 9/14

Sep
14
7:00 pm

Quimby’s is proud to to open this year’s Wicker Park Lit Fest with 3 Songs, the reading series that combines words and music, during a festival that celebrates this neighborhood’s rich legacy of literature and entertainment in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. WP Lit fest continues through the 17th at a variety of venues around Wicker Park!

Three writers read one piece each, and each song is performed by Chicago’s only a cappella punk rock group The Blue Ribbon Glee ClubBRGC regularly performs songs by Fugazi, Gang of Four, the Dead Kennedys, the Buzzcocks and more.

Readers featuring their work at this performance:

Jonas, zinester – “Words and Guitar” by Sleater-Kinney

Marc Lazar, performer – “Glad Girls” by Guided By Voices

Kathy Moseley, zinester – “Dress” by PJ Harvey

Jonas writes zines and stuff. He wrote a long zine about punks and parenthood called Cheer the Eff Up, and a whole lot of other zines he probably can’t remember at the moment. They’re all probably also about punks and parenting in some stupid way. He also wrote a novel called The Greatest Most Traveling Circus. He lives here in Chicago with his wife and two little minions. He likes music a whole lot. The song he picked is “Words and Guitar,” but he almost picked David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” because aaaaaawwwwwwwww WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM!

Marc Lazar works with adults with autism, and is a storyteller, former journalist, and member of BRGC. He is a fan of books, TV shows, and music about outsiders and misfits (including The Misfits), and recently discovered the joys of vegan elote pizza. (It’s better than it sounds, but kind of messy!)

Kathy Moseley has been publishing the zine SemiBold since the last century,  is a 15-year-old girl living in the body of a 50-year-old woman. She blogs at semibold.wordpress.com.

Here’s the Facebook event invite to SHARE that you’re coming!

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#mychicagobookstore

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Read local + shop small!

Coco Picard presents “Autobiography with Stones” from The Chronicles of Fortune 9/22

Sep
22
7:00 pm

On Friday, September 22nd at 7pm, Coco Picard presents “Autobiography with Stones” a diagrammed artist talk about rocks, foreign encounters, and possible futures. This performative lecture is based on a dream Picard had in which the protagonist of her graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune (Radiator Comics, 2017), is hired by the government to psychoanalyze non-human kinds in a post-apocalyptic world. Picard explores the potential of this prospective narrative in relation to famous rocks she has encountered and Dr. Rock, her exhibition at Franklin Gallery where visitors were invited to tell their troubles to a stone. Following the lecture, Picard will sign copies of her graphic novel.

Originally published as a series of minicomics, The Chronicles of Fortune is a quirky and idiosyncratic adventure of Fortuna, the greatest superhero who could do anything to improve the world (and her alter-ego, Edith-May) but is tragically stricken with ennui, as they learn to cope with loss and recruit a team of friends along the way. At once charming, sad, funny, poignant, and bizarre, The Chronicles of Fortune includes a temperamental stove, a nosy mountain, a goofy crocodile, a loner moth, and a singing goldfish as they lead Fortuna on her greatest adventure.

Coco Picard is an artist, writer and curator based out of Chicago where she founded The Green Lantern Press and co-founded Sector 2337. Her critical writing appears under the name Caroline Picard in Art21, Artforum, Artslant, and Hyperallergic. Astrophil Press recently published her long-form cat essay, The Strangers Among Us and forthcoming novel, TSK, is due out from Goldwake Press in 2019.  cocopicard.com 

The Chronicles of Fortune is the first book published by Radiator Comics, a comics distributor run by former Quimby’s employee Neil Brideau, also a founding member of Chicago Zine Fest and CAKE [the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo].  radiatorcomics.com

Praise for The Chronicles of Fortune

“In the guise of a fantastical hero comedy, The Chronicles of Fortune is a story about succumbing to and triumphing over loss and grief in all its forms…” – Hyperallergic

“…each facet of [The Chronicles of Fortune’s] publication illustrates how, when publishers, distributors, and creators are truly invested in a work, the result will be wonderful.”-Women Write About Comics

The Chronicles Of Fortune stands as a confirmation of the misfit’s path in life. Not only is it okay to be different, it’s okay to look like a failure in the eyes of others. Who cares? Just you, you’re the only one who needs to care. And are you happy? That seems to be what Picard is asking.” – Comics Beat

“Edith May/Fortuna’s urban adventures are reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland’s vignettes. With the appearance of Death as the ultimate foe, Picard creates a superhero with emotional resonance and a deeply empathetic story of one woman re-entering the world.” – Chicago Artist Writers

“You should buy The Chronicles of Fortune, read it, then share it with someone you love.” – Entropy

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